Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success
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In January 2012, the Secretary of Education invited submissions about promising and practical strategies, practices, programs, and activities that have improved rates of postsecondary success, transfer, and graduation. In September 2012, the Department of Education (ED) invited a second round of submissions, which added to this growing compendium of knowledge about promising practices. On this page, you can find the submissions from institutions and organizations that responded to both of these invitations. ED hopes that this information will be of interest to others in situations similar to those described in these submissions.

As noted in the Request for Information, ED will continue to review and post additional responses on a regular basis. Please refer back to this page for announcements of future submission deadlines. See the Federal Register notice for information on how to submit.

Organization Name Tags
Brandman University Dual Model of Academic Advising and Faculty Mentoring (PDF, 270KB) Community of Practice, Degree Attainment, Industry-Driven Competencies, Mentoring, Non-Traditional Age Students, Retention
Valencia College DirectConnect to UCF transfer initiative (MS Word, 41KB) Degree Attainment, Student Services, Transfer and Articulation
MDRC Developmental Summer Bridge Programs (PDF, 102KB) Accelerated Learning, Basic Skills, Developmental or Remedial Education, Student Services, Time to Degree
Austin Peay State University Degree Compass - A Course Recommendation System Using Predicted Academic Performance (MS Word, 82KB) Data Collection or Use
Trinity Washington University Curricular Redesign as a “Promising Practice” to Increase Postsecondary Success at Trinity Washington University (MS Word, 57KB) Achievement Gap Closure, Developmental Education, Learning Assessment, Persistence, Retention, Underrepresented Students
California State University, Long Beach Curricula Review to Ensure a Timely Graduation (MS Word, 49KB) Degree Attainment, Retention
Miami Dade College Criminal Justice Academics (PDF, 283KB) Career Pathways, Certificate Attainment, Employer Partnership, Learning Assessment
Virginia's Community Colleges Credit Audit (MS Word, 74KB) Cost Saving, Productivity, Time to Degree
Wheelock College Creating Learning Communities that Engage Students in the College and Its Surrounding Communities in Meaningful Community Service as a Strategy to Develop Students' Persistence in College (MS Word, 45KB) Community Engagement, Field Experience, First-Generation College Students, First-Year Students, Learning Communities, Retention
Cape Cod Community College College Reading and Study Skills Embedded in Learning Communities (MS Word, 37KB) Learning Communities, Retention
College Possible College Possible Coaching (MS Word, 55KB) Mentoring, Student Services
City University of New York (CUNY) College Now (MS Word, 66KB) Accelerated Learning, Achievement Gap Closure, Basic Skills, College Transition, Data Collection or Use, Developmental or Remedial Education, Dual Enrollment, Underrepresented Students
University of Nevada, Reno College Life 101 Retention Program (MS Word, 86KB) Achievement Gap Closure, Degree Attainment, Persistence, Retention, Student Services, Underrepresented Students
College Forward College Forward Supports (MS Word, 68KB) Digital Materials, Mentoring, Student Services
California State University Monterey Bay Collaborative Alliance for Postsecondary Success (MS Word, 82KB) Basic Skills, Competency-Based Learning, Developmental or Remedial Education, Habits of Mind, Improving Achievement, Underrepresented Students
Trinity Washington University Cohort Advising as a "Promising Practice" to Increase Postsecondary Success at Trinity Washington University (MS Word, 37KB) Advising, Retention, Underrepresented Students
Emporia State University Civic Engagement: A First-Year Experience Course Connecting Quantitative Reasoning for Undeclared Students (MS Word, 57KB) Retention, STEM
Virginia's Community Colleges Centralize Back-Office Functions of Financial Aid (MS Word, 74KB) Productivity, Student Services
Youngstown State University Center for Student Progress Summer Bridge to Bridge and Beyond (MS Word, 70KB) Learning Communities, Mentoring, Underrepresented Students
Parkland College Center for Academic Success (MS Word, 291KB) Improving Achievement, Mentoring, Student Services